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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Old Town Stockholm aka Gamla Stan

The city of Stockholm as it is known today is situated on 14 islands. There are also a lot of Lakes an canals. However the old town is the original Stockholm. The town was set up during the 1300 century. Most buildings are from the 1700 and 1800 century. The dominant building in the old city is the king's castle. 
 Heading towards "Old Town"...........TOURISTS!!!!


 Royal Castle

The royal castle in Stockholm has 605 rooms. It is the biggest castle in world that is still in use by a king. The castle is the workplace for Karl XVI. The royal family lives in another palace outside Stockholm. Even though most of the rooms are open to the public, I didn't go in.


I couldn't get a good picture of the whole Palace because I was standing right in front of it. But this is what it looks like. 
Got this photo from the internet...........very pretty, isn't it?


The view of the Parliament from the side of the Palace.


Up close.

The street just in front of the Parliament also facing the side of the Palace. This is where people gathered when the Swedish Princess got married and she addressed them from where I stood to take this photo.
Royal guards.

The back of the Palace where the "changing of guards" takes place.





Moving on to other parts of "Old Town". 

There are a lot of cobblestone streets in Old Town but Vasterlanggatan is the old town's number one tourist street. During the summer period, there are lots of tourists that go for a walks along Vasterlanggatan. This is the easiest way to get a feel of the old town. There are often so many people on the street that it can be difficult to stroll along the street. Thankfully, I went at the end of summer, so it was not packed. 


 At the far end of the street is the "German Church", you can see the top part.

The clock tower of the Great Church/Stockholm Cathedral AKA Storkyrkan

More guards patrolling.
As you can see the streets are made from stone, so if you ever do visit, make sure you wear real comfortable shoes, no hard soles.

More tourists.



The view from behind the parliament building







View of the rest of Stockholm from the Palace.


Lunch time. If you are ever in Sweden, make sure you try the Swedish meatballs. It is AMAZING!


As always, thanks for reading.

5 comments:

  1. Nice pictures. I like how they preserved the old buildings in all downtown. King + changing of the guards, just like England. :)
    I see that the weather does not really help the preservation, and it must be cold there, but it must have been a great experience to go back in time a couple of centuries...
    Chuck

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  2. yea, it was a nice experience, I really enjoyed it.

    Thanks Chuck :))

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  3. What a beautiful place! I hope one day I will visit it and experience all this beauty first hand :)

    XoXo
    Plami

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  4. this reportage is amazing...
    and you look wonderful...
    ciao my dear friend!

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